Category Archives: Knee, Leg, Ankle, and Foot Pain

What to do for sore knees?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My daughter, not yet 30, often complains of sore knees. She has been complaining about her knees since she was very young; at that time, the doctor believed it was merely growing pains. Is there anything that traditional Chinese medicine can do? A: First, get tested by your primary physician to…

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Painful physical therapy for Baker’s cysts?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I was recently diagnosed with Baker’s cysts and was referred to an orthopedic doctor; he recommended I try physical therapy. I am finding the physical therapy terribly painful. Should I still be doing PT with so much pain? This physical therapy seems to be worsening my situation. I would appreciate a…

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Acupuncture help with foot surgery?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Could acupuncture help ease the swelling, numbness, and tingling after foot surgery on hammertoes? A: Acupuncture is used often as a post surgical recovery support. It can function as a localized anesthetic to relieve the pain and can also speed up the surgical healing. Also, topical herbal remedies and internal formulation…

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Acupuncture for back and leg pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have a pain in my back and legs that bothers me when I sit; sometimes the pain goes down my leg, skips the knee and ends up in the lower leg area. It does not have to do with the sciatic nerve. Exercises have not helped. Will acupuncture help? A:…

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Nutrients to take for a hamstring injury?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have a running injury, a sprained hamstring tendon. Would you recommend that I take any specific nutrients for this injury? A: I recommend including vitamin E-rich foods in your diet, such as sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, papaya, Swiss chard, mustard and collard greens, spinach, avocado, blueberries, and olive oil. In…

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